By Karina | July 28, 2008
I have a dirty dirty car. Here is my problem: I’m lazy. and I’m great at making excuses. Like: My car has wheel skirts (or, if you’re in Australia: SPATS), and before I can go through an automatic car wash I have to get out a screw driver and remove them. So I have to wait for the rare affordable “hand wash.” And also, my car is made from aluminum and plastic, so there’s no rush to clean off my car before that friendly northeast road salt eats it alive. Ergo? I have a dirty dirty car.
Last year I read on ecogeek.org about a waterless car wash product called Eco Touch and I was hooked. Finally! Something that didn’t require me to take off my wheel skirts, to find a garden hose and a spot of yard, to get my front all wet while I was cleaning, ignore the elephant in the corner of the room asking me why I was using so much water, or to go to a car wash that uses lots of stinky mystery chemicals.
I love their mission statement:
At Eco Touch™ we are committed to providing vehicle owners everywhere with a superior line of car care products that do not harm the planet or the user. We strive to conserve water, eliminate contaminated runoff, and save you time when cleaning your car. Through our marketing, we aim to educate consumers that it is possible to enjoy a clean car, boat or rv without using petro-based chemicals–and to save enormous amounts of water at the same time. We’re committed to clean cars and a non-contaminated environment.
Staying away from petro-based chemicals is something I think we can all get behind! And to save water and eliminate contaminants entering our watershed, well, talk about pluses all around.
So what is this stuff? They state:
The entire line of Eco Touch products have been formulated with the environment and user in mind. Our products rely on a blend of non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning agents which are just as effective as their conventional counterparts.
For example, many of our solvents are derived from a soybean base and our surfactants (coconut-derived) are readily biodegradable. In addition you will find ingredients listed on our packaging and website.
We are always investigating ‘greener’ alternatives for our existing products and keep an open mind.
And I love that they have their MSDS available! Transparency like that gets two thumbs up from me. The only problem with this product is that it comes in a plastic spray bottle, but they do sell larger sizes to refill your little spray bottle.
When I got the Eco Touch waterless car wash last summer I used it right away in the parking lot of my office park. My colleagues gathered around and we marveled as the solution took off an incredible amount of dirt with very little effort! It was amazing! Just what I always wanted – a fast and easy way to keep my car clean.
This is the gross part – when I got home and rinsed out the microfiber towels in the sink they let off a terrible stink – like highway and asphalt and all kinds of nasty noxious. Because I’m a nerdy environmental engineer, my first thought was: “WOW, smell all of those PAHs! All that was on my car? how disgusting!” And then? I never used it again. It wasn’t Eco Touch’s fault, but apparently I am really lazy about washing my car no matter what. I can’t wait to see how this list of car washers and detailers who use Eco Touch products expands in the future. I could really use a local car washer!
I really do like to have a nice shiny clean car, though, and I do know that while my aluminum frame won’t rust regular maintenance of the finishes will keep it in good shape for years to come. I have been promising my little car a nice wash job and a detail at some point in the last year or so but haven’t gotten it done because 1. I’m lazy and 2. I just don’t know where to go, and the idea of so many chemicals used all at once squidges me out. So I’m looking forward to trying out the rest of the Eco Touch line of car care supplies – they have dashboard and trim and carpet and upholstery cleanser, and metal polish. Just THINK of how clean my car could be. I’m excited to report that EcoTouch is going to send me some samples so I can try them out and report back to you!
What’s your car care solution? Have you tried Eco Touch?
Photo from flickr user badjonni via creative commons license.
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